My Mother the Cheerleader
Louise Collins was pretty certain that nothing all that exciting would happen in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she lived with her mother in their boarding house, Rooms on Desire. Every day was almost the same: serve cranky Mr. Landroux his meals in bed, visit Antoine's Pick-a-Chick with Charlotte, and wear out the pages of her favorite novels by reading them over a...more
By Robert Sharenow
This book is fantastic. One of my all-time favorite books is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and I couldn’t help but find similarities in this book. I especially loves the themes of belonging, love, family, forgiveness, and honesty. Louise’s relationship with her mother is heartbreaking and beautiful. My favortie part of the book was when she took her daughter’s hand as they walked away from the school. So good. This book has wonderful messages ...more
Louise lives with her mother in a New Orleans' boarding house. Louise's mother owns the boarding house and usually rents the few rooms to truckers passing through on their runs. Her mother can usually be found "entertaining" these men or else spending the long, hot southern afternoons drinking pitchers of lime juleps in the backyard.
Recently, school ...more
This book is set in the south in New Orleans. The story is told from the main character Louise’s point of view. Louise is a thirteen-year old girl who lives with her mother and their housekeeper. A man named Morgan comes to stay with them. Louise’s mother works at a beauty shop. When she is not home, Louise just thinks she is at work. This is not the case all the time. Louise’s mom is a “cheerleader.” The “cheerleaders” are woman who are protesting at the school that L ...more
Louise lives in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans with her mother, running a boarding house. When Ruby Bridges comes she is pulled out of school and her mother joins the crowd every day jeering at the girl. A man from New York comes and starts changing their lives as he tries to change his.
It had the perfect mix of historical fiction and fiction. I learned something while still having a goo ...more
Lynne Rae Perkins said in her review of the book that “It’s easy to look back at ano ...more
With segregation being such a hot topic in our nations history, it was nice to read a book written from a child's perspective. Her naivety is refreshing, because, while Louise expresses that she knows it is wrong in the end, she is somewhat undecided throughout the majority of the book. I loved her little "spy" adventures because they almost reminded me of myself when I was ...more
Louise Collins is a thirteen-year-old girl living in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans in 1960. The local school, William J. Frantz Elementary, is facing its first trial with intergration as a 6-year-old girl named Ruby Bridges is escorted everyday to class by FBI agents.
The parents in the neifhborhood are so concerned that they have all pulled their children out of the school to boycott it. As a result Ruby is the only students. A number of the mothers have formed a small group that gets together e ...more
I wanted to like this book.
The premise sounded interesting--show the civil rights era through the eyes of one young girl whose mother is a "cheerleader" (AKA: one of the women who lined up daily to jeer and scream racist insults at Ruby Bridges, the first-grader who walked through the doors of a New Orleans school and into the pages of history).
The author tried a bit too hard, however--bringing in far too many elements. The narrator, a 13-year-old girl, struggles to make sense of ...more
My mother was a Cheerleader, but not the type of cheerleader you’re probably thinking of. She didn’t become a Cheerleader until she was thirty-six years old. Sometimes her cheers came out so full of foul language that the newspapers couldn’t even print the words….
Louise Collins is a thirteen year old girl, living the Ninth Ward of New Orleans in 1960 and attendi ...more
He is also an Emmy Award-winning television producer and serves as senior vice preside ...more